Last night, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned from his position in disgrace as accusations of potentially treasonous collusion with Russian officials in violation of the Logan Act ignited a firestorm in the media.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) took to her Facebook to dance on his political grave – and to remind us all that there are still much bigger fish to fry when it comes to the Trump camp and their connections to the Russian Federation.
Michael Flynn’s blinding religious hatred and shady Russian ties disqualified him as National Security Adviser on day one. His removal is a win for American values. But American national security demands that we not allow Michael Flynn to become a scapegoat for this Administration’s disturbing ties to Russia.
This isn’t a game. Reports say the Russians conducted a series of successful cyber-attacks on our elections to help elect Donald Trump. Reports say our own intelligence agencies have corroborated parts of a dossier alleging that Russia has compromising information about Donald Trump. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has close ties to Putin. Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross has close financial ties to Putin buddies. Donald Trump is still making money overseas and may have financial ties to Russia. Nobody knows since he STILL won’t release his taxes.
This. Is. Not. Normal. President Trump owes the American people a full account of his Administration’s dealings with Russia, both before and after the election. When did the White House know that Flynn lied? What other contacts with Russia occurred during the campaign? Who knew what? Who approved what?
Congress must pull its head out of the sand and launch a real, bipartisan, transparent inquiry into Russia. Our national security is at stake.
Gen. Michael Flynn is an open Islamophobe and Russophile who lost his job at the Pentagon due to his volatile and unstable personality. As a civilian, he cultivated close links with members of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and was considered to be the Kremlin’s mouthpiece in Washington.
We are extremely lucky that the toxicity of the Trump administration inspired the leaks that would eventually force Flynn out a mere 24 days into his tenure. Now it’s time for us to dig deeper and find out how much our President knew about Flynn’s secret messages to Moscow – and punish him accordingly.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.